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HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) — A former chief of the Hampstead Volunteer Fire Department is charged with shooting his wife in the leg and stealing his neighbor’s truck.

According to Surf City Police, Hampstead resident, James Daniel Garvey, is in jail after he stole the truck and wrecked it going north on Highway 17.

Firefighters in Hampstead say Garvey was the fire chief there about 10 years ago. They say he was chief for over 2 years, but has not been associated with the fire department since then.

Garvey’s neighbor called 911 after both Garvey and his wife showed up, covered in blood, at his doorstep.

“My neighbor lady ran over here. She’s got blood on her and said her husband is going crazy,” Garvey’s neighbor told 911. “He came running over with blood all over him. He said she is trying to kill him. She is saying he is trying to kill her.”

Garvey is charged with larceny of a motor vehicle, assault with a deadly weapon, possession of a firearm by a felon, and domestic violence.

Investigators say Garvey’s wife is okay.

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